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Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”


© 2012 Diana Rasmussen
(PSALM 62/Matt 12/Romans 4)

My soul waits silently for God,
My expectation is from Him.
I pour my heart out before Him,
He is a refuge for me.

His name is the Hope of all the world.
I will trust Him at all times.
He is my rock and my salvation,
I shall not be moved.

Even when there is no reason for hope,
I will keep on believing,
God is more than able,
To do what He says.

I woke up with this song in my head this morning. And the verse “God’s mercies are new every morning”…hmmm.

Sometimes I think I limit God by what my expectations are. I have lived in the chaos (the desert) for so long, that is what I got accustomed to.  It was familiar.  And even though I didn’t like it, I knew what to expect – nothing. When you expect nothing, you get nothing.  Nothing changes, everything stays the same.  Predictable. Boring. Not healthy. Staying in the desert with my victim mentality meant that it was always someone else’s fault. I could blame others for their bad choices while I failed to make any new ones for myself.  I did not take responsibility for my own life – I was too busy telling everyone else what to do.  Then I didn’t have to do anything.  I didn’t have to change, or make a new choice. I learned this was ‘criminal thinking’ at its best.  And I was robbing myself of a better future.

There are times when you are at the edge of a new season, and you admit to yourself that you can’t go back. But you are hesitant to go forward. Almost like time has stopped. And then

I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.

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I am still here.  Time has not stopped. I survived.  My life will go on. I don’t need all the answers to take the next step forward. It will be ok.  Today is the day to say “Yes” to God.  I choose to be healed.  I will be made whole. God promised to help me, so I am going to let Him.

In the valley of decision, I admit that my hope is not based on my ability, nor the things others do or don’t do. My hope is not based on my failures.  My hope is not based on my past abuse.  I am no longer a victim. I can make a new choice.  I will get up.  My hope today is anchored in what the Word says



” My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.  He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved”.  (Psalm 62:5-6)

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. (Lamentations 3:22-24 AMP)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)


Dear Lord,

Thank you for slamming the car door and waking us up.  Thank you for shaking what can be shaken to see what remains in our lives.  We admit, we have tried to live without You, and it hasn’t worked.  You are our Hope, show us a new way Lord. We choose to trust in You. Refresh our souls. Renew our minds.  Restore our lives, in Jesus’ Name.






About dianarasmussen

Prayers and Promises is about "Finding Hope in This Crazy World' Diana Rasmussen is the Author of "SNOW WHITE DARKNESS - Smothered by Control" available on Amazon and Kindle. A real life journey out of Domestic Violence and into the arms of God.


8 thoughts on “Hope

  1. I am inspired by what you write…the ways in which you weave the Bible verses and offer such inspiration. I am nominating you for The Vey Inspiring Blogger Award. Keep writing. Keep inspiring. http://leadourlives.com/2013/02/16/inspiring-blogger-award-wow/


    Posted by Lead Our Lives | February 16, 2013, 8:05 pm
  2. Thank you for posting your YouTube video :) I didn’t even realize that I needed some hope today until I read your blog. I physically wasn’t feeling that great and of course that didn’t help but am struggling with not taking care of my health as I should. Had great intentions and was feeling great until I tried to do something about it. Hah! It was like this. God put his finger on some bad habits I need to address and I am in full agreement with Him but when I try to make the changes they just get worse :( Then after a day of feeling like garbage, I was watching your video and toward the end there is a picture that says “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord. My eyes opened and I was lifted up a bit. Thank you. Wish I had read it earlier in the day. Oh well :) Thanks again!


    Posted by Ann Louise | February 16, 2013, 7:26 pm
    • Thanks Ann. I too struggle with some bad habits. It seems the more I try to do better, the more I fail. I know that I have these areas of weakness, and I am believing God for an abundance of grace – grace upon grace, to overcome. I know He loves me, “warts” and all. He knows our hearts, even if our outsides are still a
      “work-in-progress”. Don’t beat yourself up girl, we all have stuff. Love you beautiful…


      Posted by dianarasmussen | February 16, 2013, 7:45 pm


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